City Council

City Council

Mission: Establishing policies to lead The Dalles into the future.

COUNCIL MEETINGS are held on the second and fourth Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. with the exception of August and Holidays.

The City Council is the governing body of the City of The Dalles.  Its five voting members and the Mayor set the direction for the City, establishing policies and laws.  Specific voter approved powers for the Council is contained in the City Charter, while Council's own administrative and operational policies are adopted by the ordinance or resolution.

City Council is charged with the appointment of the City Manager, City Attorney and Municipal Judge.  They adopt the annual budget and perform all other actions necessary to guide the government, while representing concerns of the citizens of The Dalles.

The Dalles City Council positions are volunteer and are elected by the entire electorate of the City.  The Mayor and Councilor at Large are elected for two-year terms and the remaining four positions are nominated from districts, serving staggered four-year terms.

In addition to regular meetings, the City Council meets on a quarterly basis to establish, review, and update goals for the City.

So You Want To Run for A City Elected Office

The following information will be helpful in making that decision:

1.  City of The Dalles Charter

2.  City of The Dalles City Council Rules/Code of Conduct

3.  City Goals/Performance Benchmarking

4.  Oregon Government Ethics Law

5.  Public Meeting and Election Law Summary

6.  Parliamentary Procedures

7.  City of The Dalles Organizational Flow Chart

8.  City of The Dalles Department Managers

For more information contact City Clerk

City Council Agendas

Elected Officials Directory

Position Name Email Phone Term
Mayor Richard Mays  541-769-0858 2 year term, expires 12/31/20
Councilor At Large Rod Runyon 541-993-6413 2 year term, expires 12/31/20
Councilor, Position #1 Timothy McGlothlin 541-980-4051 4 year term, expires 12/31/22
Councilor, Position #2 Darcy Long-Curtiss  541-980-7184 4 year term, expires 12/31/20
Councilor, Position #3 Russ Brown 541-980-1845 4 year term, expires 12/31/22
Councilor, Position #4  Linda Miller 541-980-2714 4 year term, expires 12/31/20



Mayor, Richard Mays
Rich Mays and his wife Rose moved to The Dalles from the Oregon Coast in January of 2015.  His 40 year career in public service includes 33 years in municipal government with 28 as a City Manager in Cannon Beach, Oregon; Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri; and Collinsville and Sterling, Illinois.  Rich also served as the Interim County Manager for Clatsop County following his retirement from Cannon Beach in July of 2014.  Rich and Rose are members of the Gateway Church and moved to The Dalles to be closer to their daughter Christine and their two grandchildren Olivia and Carter, who helps Rich volunteering for The Dalles High School Booster Club. 

Councilor Rod Runyon
Councilor Runyon retired as a small business owner representing Financial Services and Insurance.  He had a previous and parallel career in Radio and TV broadcasting in Oregon, Idaho and California.  Born and raised in The Dalles he went on to complete certificate studies in Broadcast Communications Engineering and later achieved licensing in securities and a Fellowship of the Life Underwriters Training Council.

Rod brings to the Council 8 years experience as a Wasco County Commissioner, 8 years on the Port of The Dalles Commission and 4 years as a City of The Dalles Planning Commissioner.  He is well known for time served on National, Regional, State and local committees for economic development, Veterans issues, housing and low income community needs.  He has served as a Governors appointee to Regional Solutions.  Rod and Sherry have two grown children, Kelley and J. R. who live in The Dalles with their families.  From each there are two exceptional Grandchildren, Addison and Sadie Marie.

A primary hobby is riding his Harley.  He volunteers as the N.E. Oregon District Captain and Ride Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders.  They stand flag lines for Veterans upon request. He is an Assistant Platoon Leader with the Run For The Wall National organization.  A founding Board member of the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum.  Rod worked as a civilian for the Army in 1969 and 1970 at 5th Army Headquarters, Fort Sheridan Illinois. His father was a WWII Officer and his brother a Vietnam era Officer.  Councilor Runyon brings his advocacy for Veterans and a broad community skill set to the Council.

City Councilor Tim McGlothlin 
Timothy J. McGlothlin is a long time (42 years) resident of The Dalles, moving to The Dalles shortly after graduating from university to teach at The Dalles Junior High School. After a long career in education as a teacher, administrator and professor, he now spends time traveling, playing music and enjoying the grandchildren. Councilor McGlothlin is in his second term as an elected official and is very involved in his community. He serves as Council liaison to the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Board, and the Historic Landmarks Commission.
City Councilor Linda Miller 
Linda Miller was born in Portland and moved to The Dalles in 1958. Linda’s education includes The Dalles High, Wahtonka High School, University of Oregon and Lansing Community College. She has lived in several communities around the Country and moved back to The Dalles in 1991. She co-owned Homers Sporting Goods and Homers Sport Fishing Guide Service with her husband Jim Miller. Linda has worked for Waste Connections at Wasco County Landfill since 1994. Linda volunteers much of her free time including serving on the Board at Old St. Peter’s Landmark and Mid-Columbia Medical Center gift shop. In addition to her role as City Councilor and Urban Renewal Agency Board Member, Linda serves on Sister City Committee.
City Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss
Darcy Long-Curtiss was raised in The Dalles and graduated from TDHS prior to attending Willamette University to study political science and international studies.  She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Daniel Curtiss, for 24 years and has two sons, ages 19 and 16.  Darcy is an independent financial advisor and owns Empower Financial, serving clients in Oregon, Washington and California.  She has been a long-time advocate for children and adults with mental health issues and respite care for families with special needs children.  She is the City Council liaison to the QLife Board, and the Urban Renewal Agency Board.
City Councilor Russ Brown 
Russ Brown is a life-long resident of The Dalles. He is retired from Bonneville Power Administration. Russ has served on the Open Burn Committee and the Sign Committee. He was elected to City Council and has served as Councilor Position #3 since January, 2015. He is the City Council liaison to the City’s Traffic Safety Commission. 
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